Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Review: Secrets in Summer by Nancy Thayer (audio)

Title: Secrets in Summer
Author: Nancy Thayer
Narrator: Amy McFadden
Published: May 2017, Brilliance Audio
Length: 10 hours 51 minutes
Source: Publisher

The queen of beach books (The Star-Ledger) returns to the shores of Nantucket in a novel about one memorable summer when flirtations flourish, family dramas play out, and scandalous secrets surface.

Memorial Day weekend means that seasonal visitors have descended on the glamorous island of Nantucket. For year-round resident Darcy Cotterill, it means late-night stargazing in the backyard of the beautiful house she grew up in and inherited from her beloved grandmother. It s also Darcy s chance to hit the beach and meet her new summertime neighbors. But the last person the thirty-year-old librarian expects to see staying next door is her ex-husband, Boyz, along with his wife, Autumn, and stepdaughter, Willow.

Darcy must also navigate the highs and lows of a new romantic relationship with local carpenter Nash Forester even as she becomes smitten with handsome vacationer Clive Rush, a musicologist in town to write a book and visit family. And she finds herself pulled into the concerns of Boyz, Autumn, a charming elderly neighbor, and an at-risk teen.

As the season nears its end, Darcy must decide her next move: retreating to the comforts of her steady and secure island life, or risking it all for a chance at true happiness.

My thoughts:  Nancy Thayer is another author, much like my favorite Elin Hilderbrand, whose books signify the hallmark of summer. And also like Elin Hilderbrand, she has set most of her books on Nantucket - my absolute favorite summer reading destination locale. 

This was such a fun story - I loved the characters and the story line was engaging and kept my interest. I could see parts of myself in Darcy - how she finds herself caught up with everyone else's problems. I loved the bond she developed with both Mimi, the charming elderly neighbor on one side of her house as well as Willow, who just happens to be her ex-husband's step-daughter. These two, along with another neighbor, become quite close, and they all end up learning a thing or two from each other. I love the sass that Mimi, the matriarch of the group has. The relationships that Darcy builds during this one summer felt real and true.

What I love about this book, as with all of Nancy Thayer's books, is that they are quick escapes. This one is about friendship and love, and about learning to let go about the past. It's about having goals and working towards that future, but also about learning to be flexible with those goals. I loved that Darcy was a librarian - especially that she was a librarian on Nantucket - talk about the ultimate dream job!!!

Audio thoughts:
Amy McFadden is such a great narrator and she did a great job with this this narration. She was able to give all the characters their own unique voices, infusing just the right amount of emotion, tension and humor into her voice as needed. She even did a great job with the kids voices! I've listened to her in the past and know I am going to have a good listening experience when I see her name on an audio book!



  1. Sounds very entertaining, I have read one NT book and did enjoy that summer read. Like you I love the Nantucket setting. Have you been there?

  2. I really need to try Nancy Thayer and Hildebrand for that matter. Her books have the best covers! I'm glad you enjoyed this one. It definitely sounds like the perfect summer read.

  3. I like the sound of this book. Terrific review!

  4. Really hoping to check out this author this summer. I love the location!

  5. Sounds like one for my Audible wish list!


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